After the World Ends Fifty years before, the "Peace Authority" took control of governments worldwide with a radically different weapon, the "bobbler," which encased its targets within an impenetrable force field, rendering resistance useless. After the takeover came the plagues; civilization fell into a semifeudal state, and all high technology was banned. But Paul Naismith, inventor of the bobbler, has never given up hope. After having hidden from the usurping Peace Authority for decades, he is finally ready to lead the Tinker underground against the evil he helped to create. The odds against them seem impossibly long. Nothing has been able to defeat the Peace Authority's bobbler. Until now ...Vinge, Vernor is the author of 'Peace War', published 2003 under ISBN 9780765308832 and ISBN 0765308835.